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Author Name:    McLACHLAN, Alexander. FULTON, E. Margaret, intro. Literature of Canada: Poetry and Prose in Reprint, 13.

Title:   Poetical Works of Alexander McLachlan. Hardcover in dustjacket.

Publisher:    University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1974, ISBN:0802021271 

Seller ID:   108136

McLACHLAN, Alexander. The Poetical Works of Alexander McLachlan. Introduction by E. Margaret Fulton. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, (1974). First Printing. Pp. (6),[vii]-xxiii,(5),[1]-448,(4). 8vo, mustard cloth, blacklettering to spine. Literature of Canada: Poetry and Prose in Reprint, vol ume 13. Douglas Lochhead, General Editor. "Alexander McLachlan is an eminent though neglected figure in early Canadian literature, and this reprint brings to the attention of Canadians today his representative work. Edward Hartley Dewart, editor of the original edition published in 1900, recognized the importance of McLachlan's poetry as an integral part of Canada's cultural development. In his estimation McLachlan ranked second only to Charles Sangster. McLachlan, a Scot, emigrated to Canada West in 1840; his poetry reflects graphically teh griefs and loneliness of pioneer struggles in an alien land. He was frequently called 'the Burns of Canada', andhis style and emphasis on the democratic theme of brotherhood certainly reveal the influence of the Scottish poet. In lifestyle, however, McLachlan was more consciously Carlylean, assuming the role of 'man of letters' in an efort to elevatethe whole tone of man's thinking and to raise the cultural level of Canada . he was highly regarded -- in its obituary notice the Guelph Evening Mercury discerned in him 'a true streak of poetic fire'. Many of McLachlan's early poems have nostalgic echoes of Scottish songs. In later years he responded fully to the bracing beauties of the Canadian landscape and to the social and political challenges of the 'New Dominion'. The Scottish dialect gaveway to a Canadian backwoods one, which proved effective in humourously sat irizing the pretensions of the growing society." - from the dustjacket. Very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 25.00


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